Brenda Jones is a contemporary sculptor who lives and works in Colorado. She grew up in southeast Kansas in the 1960s. Her work focuses on interactions with the natural world through the combination of block printed and encaustic waxed papers that are sewn together into large scale, sculptural garments or ceramic sculptures which tend to pay homage to that time and place . Jones’ artwork has been shown in exhibits across the U.S. She has won best of show in several exhibits and has receives scholarships to study at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Anderson Ranch in Aspen, and Fulbright travel studies to Argentina and Japan. She received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University. She is represented by Strecker-Nelson gallery in Manhattan, KS, and Abbey Lane Gallery in Creede, CO.
I am interested in issues of gender and how traditional work for women has changed over time yet remains imbedded in tradition. I focus on a narrative/nostalgic quality. This intrigues me because traditional gender narration still holds true in a contemporary society even when we strive to move beyond that tradition. The feminine remains lusciously here, we embrace it while championing women thriving in much different roles Clothes, including aprons, are a visual language, stories are told through what we wear. In a way, I feel like the works that I make are like wearable portraits, a specific person or a mixture of people.